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The Church is Israel Now By Charles D. Provan

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During this century, Christians have been told over and over again that "God has an unconditional love for Old Testament Israel," by which is meant that God's love is directed toward persons racially descended from Abraham, regardless of faith or obedience. Membership in Israel, therefore, is viewed as a matter of race, not faith.

The Church Is Israel Now demonstrates that the Bible totally repudiates this racialist viewpoint. Being a member of Israel in the Old Testament was dependent upon faith and obedience to God. When the Israelites obeyed God, God loved them. But when the Israelites turned from Him, He hated them, stripping them of their Israelite status. After centuries of Israelite rebellion against God, culminating in their rejection of Jesus the Messiah, the titles, attributes, and blessings of Israel were transferred to all those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to no one else, regardless of Abrahamic descent. The Church is Israel Now.


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[The Church Is Israel Now consists almost entirely of Bible verses, showing parallel passages from the Old and New Testaments, with only occasional commentary added by the author. It is a simple book, but powerful. A sample is given below of two parallel passages with the author’s commentary. – Empty Tomb Books]

Jeremiah 31:31-35

31 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 35 This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD Almighty is his name: (NIV)

Hebrews 8:6-13

6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. 7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. 10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 13 By calling this covenant “new”, he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. (NIV)

[Author’s commentary:]

Jeremiah the prophet says that the Mosaic Covenant will be discarded in his future because of continued Israelite disobedience to God (31:32). In place of this covenant God will make a “new covenant” (31:31). And with whom does God make this covenant? With “the house of Israel and the house of Judah”! Even the New Testament quotes that part of the prophecy, and yet refers the prophecy to the Christians! Again, how is this possible, unless the author of Hebrews viewed the Christians as the true Israel?


Table of Contents


SECTION 1:  
OLD TESTAMENT TITLES AND ATTRIBUTES OF ISRAEL WHICH ARE, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, REFERRED TO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH  

 
1. THE BELOVED OF GOD 3
2. THE CHILDREN OF GOD 6
3. THE FIELD OF GOD 10
4. THE FLOCK OF GOD AND OF THE MESSIAH 11
5. THE HOUSE OF GOD 14
6. THE KINGDOM OF GOD 15
7. THE PEOPLE OF GOD 18
8. THE PRIESTS OF GOD 21
9. THE VINEYARD OF GOD 24
10. THE WIFE (OR BRIDE) OF GOD 26
11. THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM 28
12. THE CHOSEN PEOPLE 32
13. THE CIRCUMCISED 35
14. ISRAEL 37
15. JERUSALEM 40
16. THE JEWS 42
17. THE NEW COVENANT 44
18. AN OLIVE TREE 46

 

 
SECTION 2:  
OLD TESTAMENT VERSES REFERRING TO ISRAEL WHICH ARE QUOTED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS REFERRING TO THE CHRISTIANS  

 
QUOTE #1 (Lev. 26:11,12, Eze. 37:27, 2 Cor. 6:16) 49
QUOTE #2 (Deu. 30:12-14, Rom. 10:6-8) 50
QUOTE #3 (Deu. 31:6, Heb. 13:5) 51
QUOTE #4 (Deu. 32:36, Psa. 135:14, Heb. 10:30) 52
QUOTE #5 (Psa. 22:22, Heb. 2:12) 53
QUOTE #6 (Psa. 44:22, Rom. 8:36) 54
QUOTE #7 (Psa. 95:7-11, Heb. 3:7-11) 54
QUOTE #8 (Psa. 130:8, Tit. 2:14) 55
QUOTE #9 (Isa. 28:16, Rom. 10:11, Eph. 2:20, 1 Pet. 2:6) 55
QUOTE #10 (Isa. 49:8, 2 Cor. 6:2) 56
QUOTE #11 (Isa. 52:7, Rom. 10:15) 58
QUOTE #12 (Isa. 54:1, Gal. 4:27) 59
QUOTE #13 (Jer. 31:31-34, Heb. 8:8-12) 60
QUOTE #14 (Hos. 1:10; 2:23, Rom. 9:25-26, 1 Pet. 2:10) 61
QUOTE #15 (Hos. 13:14, 1 Cor. 15:55) 63
QUOTE #16 (Joel 2:32, Rom. 10:13) 64

 

 
SECTION 3:  
OLD TESTAMENT ETHICAL COMMANDS TO ISRAEL WHICH ARE QUOTED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS APPLYING TO THE CHURCH  

 
Quote #1 (Exo. 16:18, 2 Cor. 8:15) 67
Quote #2 (Lev. 11:45 & 19:2, 1 Pe. 1:16) 67
Quote #3 (Deu. 5:16, Eph. 6:2-3) 68
Quote #4 (Deu.17:7, 19:19, 22:24 & 24:7, 1 Cor.5:13) 69
Quote #5 (Deu.19:15, 2 Cor.13:1, 1 Tim. 5:19) 70
Quote #6 (Isa. 35:3, Heb. 12:12) 70
Quote #7 (Isa. 48:20 & 52:11, 2 Cor.6:17) 71

 

 
INDEX 73

 

Product Details

Item #: 0004
Title (short): The Church is Israel Now
Title (full): The Church is Israel Now: The Transfer of Conditional Privilege
Author(s): Charles D. Provan
Number of Pages: 74
Edition: First Edition
Copyright: 1987, 2003
Printing: Unspecified
Style: Paperback
Publisher: Ross House Books
ISBN-10: 1-879998-39-4
ISBN-13 None
Library of Congress Catalog Card #: 2003094473
Electronic Version: Not Available
Dimensions: 8.9” X 6.1” X 0.3”
Weight: 0.4 lb
Shipping Weight: 0.9 lb
Price: $10.00

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